Let me start out by saying that I know it's not ideal, so no lectures on starting cereal too early, okay? :-)
I was just wondering if anyone has heard anything about rice cereal being bad for babies if started too early. My mom babysits my 3 month old while I work, and sometimes (two or three times a week at most) she puts a small spoonfull of single-grain rice cereal in his bottle.
I'm not so worried about it - it's not affecting his nursing at all - but I just wanted to make sure it isn't going to be detrimental in any way. The #2 ingredient is "soy oil-lecithin" (whatever that is! I do think I'll buy her some organic cereal at least!), and soy is on the possible allergy list, so is this okay? Food allergies do NOT run in our family, so that's not a concern.
It is such a small amount and so infrequent, and it's not making the least bit of difference in his nursing or the amount he eats during the day, so it really doesn't bother me as long as it doesn't become an every-bottle thing and doesn't go beyond rice cereal... I guess I'm just wondering if anyone has heard of this being bad for young babies, and if so, why?